Do you remember the last time that you checked in with your family and friends and asked them -
"Are you okay?"
R U OK? was established in 2009 to encourage meaningful connections with others, provide support to those who are struggling, to reduce depression and prevent suicide.
If your gut instinct is telling you something’s worrying someone in your family, a friend or a colleague, reach out and start a conversation.
You don’t need to be an expert or have all the answers. Simply listening and not judging them can make a difference.
If they say, ‘I’m not ok’, you should:
Take what they say seriously and don't interrupt or rush the conversation.
Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them.
Encourage them to explain what’s troubling them by asking open questions: ‘How are you feeling about that?’ or ‘How long have you felt that way?’
Don't try to 'fix' their problems but ask about the things that they might be able to do to manage the situation.
Encourage them to connect with appropriate support.
Check out the tip sheet.
Click the link to watch a short clip that gives some helpful tips on ways that you can get the conversation going - R U OK?